Local MSP Launches ScotRail Peak Fares Removal Pilot

Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, has launched Scotland’s Peak Fares Removal Pilot, in her role as Transport Minister. The Pilot launched on 2nd October 2023 and will run for six months, ending on 29th March 2024.

The Pilot, which local MSP Fiona Hyslop launched in her role as Transport Minister, will see the end of peak fares on all ScotRail services at all times until March 2024.

This is being funded by the SNP Scottish Government, encouraging car users to choose a more sustainable transport option.

The cost of peak time travel on some of Scotland’s busiest routes, such as Glasgow to Edinburgh, is expected to reduce by as much as 48%.

Commenting Fiona said:

“The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government makes a clear commitment to encouraging a shift towards more sustainable transport. It was clear that more needs to be done to encourage this shift and I am pleased to see the launch of Scotland’s Peak Fare Removal Pilot this month which will encourage more people to use rail travel instead of their car when commuting.

“This Pilot, is backed by £15 million of Scottish Government funding and will make our rail services more accessible and encourage active travel, benefitting the health and well-being of communities across West Lothian and helping Scotland to reach our Net Zero goals.

“Many of my Constituents in West Lothian commute to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, and I hope this Pilot will encourage them to choose rail, a more reliable, sustainable and greener transport option.

“It is excellent to see Scottish Government funding deliver this pilot which will also provide crucial support to people across West Lothian as we continue to deal with the Cost of Living Crisis.

“This is a bold policy from the SNP Scottish Government which will not only support commuters through the Cost of Living Crisis but also help Scotland reach our Net Zero goals and I would encourage my Constituents to take advantage of this Pilot over the next six months.”